Sanderstead Road Shoppers' Car Park - Consultation Ends 31 March 2017
28/03/2017 19:53:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
There is still time to comment on the proposal by Croydon Council to build on Sanderstead Road shoppers' car park. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the month/March.
Here is what I said:
I attended the consultation event at Sanderstead United Reformed Church to raise my concerns about the proposed development on the site of the shopper's car park on Sanderstead Road.
I raised a number of concerns not least the fact that the car park was being built on thus removing the bulk of car parking from a much needed and used car park, which will only provide seven spaces once the works are complete.
I assume you are quite aware that the station road car park is for all day commuter parking and doesn't have availability for short term parking the minimum charge being £5.50. The majority of people who use this car park use the shops opposite, whether that be for the restaurant, hair dressers or estate agent or a brief call in to the chemist or convenience store.
The car park is also used for the shops further down the road where there is a picture framers, a doctors surgery, a church and the pupil referral unit as well as the park. There is very little off street parking which would accommodate the increase in parking in the already congested street.
This matter is compounded by the station approach shops redevelopment which was approved by the council this year, which no doubt will take away the parking places outside the shops whilst the construction is in progress.
I understand that the proposed new development of 18-22 flats will not have any car spaces at all on the grounds they are close to public transport. That will not be the case as history has proved and these cars will be parked in the street. The adjacent development indeed has provision for cars to park @30% and the same should be true of any future development.
The car park has already been reduced in size to accommodate a block of flats and the amount of spaces left was proportionate and deemed necessary to serve the residents who drive down from Sanderstead and the surrounds to use the facilities.
Many of our residents are aged and rely on the car park for their pharmaceutical requirements. Sanderstead is built on an extremely hilly road - hence the main part of the road being called Sanderstead Hill and therefore most people have to drive to the shops. Very few people cycle as a result.
I believe that this development will be detrimental to the shops and other facilities in the area that rely on the car park for attending so many facilities in the area as I have already mentioned. To take away the infrastructure that supports the area is not sensible at all and there are plenty of other areas that can be developed in the borough.
I certainly hope that you do take note of the residents, shops and other people who write asking you not to build on this much needed facility and think about the impact it is going to have on the residents of Sanderstead, Croham, Purley and indeed a number of other residents in nearby areas who use this much used public facility from which an income is derived.
If you want to comment on the proposals please email: Croydon@newmanfrancis.org